BALTIMORE — Nestor Cortes has apologized and said he was “pissed” at himself for old tweets in which he used offensive language nearly a decade ago when he was in high school.
A Twitter user on Sunday retweeted old tweets in which Cortes used the n(n—a) word.
When Cortes realized they had resurfaced after his debut against the White Sox in Chicago, he said he was “shocked”.
“Those aren’t the messages I want to send,” Cortes said before the Yankees played the Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday. “I deleted my Twitter [account] to clean things up. I hope I can have a better impact in the world for people looking up to me to set a better example.
When asked if he remembered the tweets, Cortes acknowledged that he did.
“I’m not going to say no, but I didn’t realize they were still there,” Cortes said. ” This is unacceptable. I could have handled myself better and said things differently.
Cortes is in the midst of a breakout season in which he has followed an impressive 2021 with an even better start to the year. He hopes to return soon to interact with fans.
“I hope to be back in the next few days,” Cortes said, adding that he wants to continue inspiring athletes as they try to overcome obstacles.
“I like to attract people like me, not the prototype 6-foot-5, 97 [mph pitcher]”, Cortés said. “For the past two or three years, I’ve been pretty positive on Twitter. When I saw that, I was a little pissed at myself.
New York Post